Gear up: Guv tells administration

Greater Kashmir

Asks officers to expedite relief, rehabilitation of flood victims; interacts with civil society

Srinagar, Jan 17: Emphasizing the need to expedite the relief and rehabilitation measures for flood affected people, Governor N.N. Vohra has called for gearing up of officers at all levels for a responsive administration.
The Governor was chairing a high level meeting to review the relief and rehabilitation measures for flood affected people in the Valley.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir while apprising about the relief and rehabilitation measures for flood affected people informed that about Rs. 170 crores have been distributed among the flood affected victims as ex-gratia relief for damaged houses and rent on account of accommodation. He also informed that over 200 temporary structures have been constructed in different districts of the Valley besides the administration has facilitated the construction of 600 temporary structures involving different NGOs.
It was also given out that roads, bridges, water supply schemes which were extensively damaged during the floods have been restored.
The Governor was informed that free ration has been provided for the flood affected families for three months.
The Governor also reviewed the supply position of power, restoration of breaches, roads, PHE schemes, damage to crops and infrastructure. He directed the PDD to ensure stable power supply to the people and directed for maintaining vigil and take necessary preventive measures in this regard.
Vohra also exhorted for intensifying market checking to ensure availability of adequate stocks of essential commodities especially Kerosene oil and LPG.
He also asked for accelerating the drive for removal of encroachments and illegal structures from water bodies and state land.
The Governor urged the officers to attend to the issues of public interest with due sensitivity and with a sense of responsibility. Vohra asked the officers to review all pending cases for early decision. He also urged the officers to take all initiatives to improve public service delivery.
Among others, the Chief Secretary, Muhammad Iqbal Khanday, Director General Police, Principal Secretaries of Planning, Finance and Power Development departments, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Administrative Secretaries of Tourism, PWD, Revenue, Health, CA&PD, Vice Chairman LAWDA, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar besides divisional level officers attended the meeting.
Governor interacts with members of Civil Society:
Governor N.N. Vohra interacted with the stakeholders of tourism, trade, handloom and transport sectors besides houseboat owners and members of Civil Society here today.
Directing speedy response to the grievances of members of Civil Society and other associations, the Governor asked Vice Chairman LAWDA and Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation for immediately streamlining the issuance of building permissions for the reconstruction of houses and hotels to the flood affected persons under a single window system. He also asked for the labour rates to be fixed and publicized.
The Governor also directed for prescribing the quality and standard for pesticides which are used by orchardists after consultation with Vice Chancellor SKUAST and officers of Horticulture Department.
Regarding the demands for the revival of tourism industry in the State, Vohra directed Secretary Tourism to organize publicity campaigns throughout the country to attract a large number of tourists to visit the State.
Responding to the conduct of school examinations, the meeting was informed that the exams had been only postponed and shall be conducted at the due time. The Governor also stressed for the timely redressal of public grievances and said that he had asked Chief Secretary to set up the Winter Secretariat at Srinagar.
It was also given out in the meeting that exemption of VAT returns, Entry Tax and Stamp Duty have already been notified.
The Associations who were present in the meeting included the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kashmir Hotel Owners Association, Traders and Manufacturers Association, Kashmir Economic Alliance, GurdwaraPrabandak Committee, Transporters Association, Kashmir Hoteliers Association, House Boat Owners Association, J&K Handloom Union, Adventure Tourism Operators Union, FCIK, CCIK, TAAK, SERF, IATO, besides members of Civil Society.